Ralph Is Underwhelmed By M.Night Shyamalan’s SPLIT

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FILM REVIEW: SPLIT

BY RALPH LINARDIC

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At this point in M. Night Shyamalan’s career, nothing surprises me emotionally.  Sure, “The Visit” was a nice throwback to his early work, but it didn’t have the suspense that usually encompasses his films. “Split” follows three young girls who are abducted by Kevin, a man with 24 different personalities. James McAvoy as Kevin, the man with many personalities, works wonderfully. He brought a lot of charisma and charm to a role that could have easily gotten annoying quickly. Kevin also has a nice back and forth with the three abducted girls.

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The scenes between them are the best in the film. The film’s other lead, Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke brought a lot of depth to a character that just wasn’t really written very well. She was one of my big positives coming out of the movie. Aside from the acting, “Split” underwhelmed me. The plot seems feasible on paper, but it wasn’t executed well. This is due to the poorly written script by Shyamalan.  I won’t give any plot points away, but after reflecting on the story, it didn’t make much sense. Shyamalan usually nails the tone and eerie settings in all of his movies, but his latest didn’t match the story. It may seem like a nit-pick, but the tone in Shyamalan’s best films such as “Unbreakable” and “The Sixth Sense” are what made them special.

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Overall, “Split” is an underwhelming thriller with fantastic acting. Anya Taylor-Joy’s acting unfortunately couldn’t salvage the weak story. I suspect that Shyamalan’s fans will enjoy it simply because it matches up with a lot of his movies plot wise, but my sense is that the public won’t have much interest.

 

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